Swedish homewares goliath IKEA has announced a new take-back service, allowing Australian consumers to sell back their old furniture.
Launched in Sydney’s Tempe store, IKEA states that shoppers can bring back their old IKEA furniture in exchange for a store voucher, which can be as much as 50% of the original price of the old furniture.
IKEA’s sustainability manager, Kate Ringvall, highlighted that in 2017, Australians threw away more than 13 million pieces of furniture that could have been recycled, reused or repaired.
“We know from our research that more than half the population have thrown out an item of furniture in the last 12 months, but that a quarter would have kept it if they knew how to repair or reuse it,” she said.
“We want to make it easy for people to give their IKEA furniture a second life. With millions of customers shopping with us every year, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in helping to build a more sustainable life within the means of the planet.”
It works by consumers filling out an online form, and then emailing the form and photos of their old furniture to be assessed by an IKEA member of staff.
Once assessed, the customer will be notified if their furniture qualifies for the service, and how much they can expect to receive in exchange.
The customer then has 14 days to bring their furniture to the Tempe IKEA store where they will receive their voucher, and have their old goods taken off their hands. The old furniture will then be put up for sale in the store at the same value of the voucher given to the customer.
“The assessment will be based on the condition of the item and how long ago it was purchased,” said Ms Ringvall, who added that furniture more than a decade old has already been accepted.
The take-back service is part of a wider environmental initiative by IKEA, with the company setting goals to provide sustainable products to Aussie consumers.
“This is part of a broader sustainability strategy where IKEA is aiming to be 100 per cent circular by 2030, meaning we will only use renewable and recyclable materials in our range,” Ms Ringvall said.
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What about other stores?
The take-back service at Tempe is an Australian first, with IKEA looking to roll out the service at other stores in the future. In the meantime, those with old IKEA furniture who can’t make the trek to Sydney may have to sit tight or look for recycling alternatives.
With popular websites like Gumtree and eBAY, and social media outlets including Facebook Market a handy alternative for those looking to offload their old or unused furniture, there’s no excuse for dumping your old couch by the side of the road!